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Old 01-06-2015, 11:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Gemini A380 with "new" landing gears...?

...I had ordered this one, and what a disapointment when I checked it in person at the shop...!
First, there were a couple of models with this problem ;






then, when turning the model I realized the landing gear structure on the left wing was different also from the opposite one...(!?!?)



and damaged as seen here!?



Left gear was ok, but doesnt look good either...



Nose gear as seen here:



Although the mould as we all know looks good, I reckon the quality of the landing gears has gone down the drain !
whats with those gaps showing !?
a model is not just fuselage, wings and engines...if you're going to add wheels/gears you have to provide them under the same quality as the rest of the model!

GeminiJets is loosing qualities, as was discussed before...opened a couple more boxes, and found the same issues...
The Air France also had problems.
Left them behind...

Why is this happening!? are you cutting on expenses!? if by adding magnets and a stand means to lower the quality of the gears, I'd rather have no stand and no removable wheels...

Do something about it GJ, the brand has been known for quality, now this!?
If you're still "collectors" and care about the models you make for collectors, then do something about this...
what a shame.
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I have both of these models Air France and Qatar A380s and don't have these issues.
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Old 01-06-2015, 11:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You were lucky! Did you have them shipped to you or did you get to check them before buying?
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I have both of these models Air France and Qatar A380s and don't have these issues.
Likewise with travsuz, I received my models on Monday and they were nothing like the model in this review. The model depicted seems to have almost everything wrong with it, and the gear, well looks like they've had a few landings to their name...

Maybe just a bad apple(s)?
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I am sorry but the days of Gemini being known as the "by collectors, for collectors" philosophy is a concept of the past.
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I wonder about the retail stores and their merch, and how they let prospective buyers just open boxes and check out the models...maybe some get dropped, the customer surreptitiously slides the model back into the box, puts it back on the shelf, and whistling nonchalantly to himself makes a hasty exit, while the clerk is none the wiser.
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:22 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Steve, these were put aside for me after the big shipment last week, so I got to be the first one opening them.
The other A380 models were put aside for previous orders/ customers, and the rest had been shipped already.
Didnt feel confortable going through all those boxes...
Oh well.
These were put on display in their cabinets and I managed to photograph them and include them in my monthly ARD pictorial visit! My ARD January thread will be showing a lot of models, stay tuned!
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Sadly, I think QC is suffering because of time constraints. These models are contracted to be delivered by a certain date, and poorly finished or damaged models are just boxed up so that the schedule can be kept. You end up with some percentage of crappy models, and oh, well, the customer either deals with it or gets a replacement (if available) from his/her retailer. But the factory met the quota on time, and that's what counts.
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Don't cry, baby Rui don't cry Just get a good one home
This would happen to any brands.
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I can easily choose one Inflight200 model with many QC issues and say "Inflight200 is loosing qualities". But I am not going to do such stupid thing.

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Gemini's front gear ( including the doors) lokks really weird...
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This would happen to any brands.
Thank You ed, will you send me a good one then, please!?
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I agree with Air France A340.
Jc/gemini's nose wheel strut is a tad too long or tall and their nose wheels are a little bit too small.
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Thank You ed, will you send me a good one then, please!?
I have bad luck sometimes. Fortunately I can return them back to suppliers easily. As per your advise, I returned IF200 A350 Carbon due to different pattern
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I have bad luck sometimes. Fortunately I can return them back to suppliers easily. As per your advise, I returned IF200 A350 Carbon due to different pattern
"MY" advise??!?! and where did I advise you to return it ED !? I didnt even know you had one...oh, wait, ...except maybe for that one you used to show the engines, etc...you dont want to go that way, sorry Ed.
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Old 01-07-2015, 12:13 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Wow that looks terrible. Why does it seem like Gemini changes things for the worse? I have the first Gemini A380 release which was an Emirates. The landing gear are perfect!!! They are sturdy, all even, and removable. The gear in the A380 above look like a disaster.
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Wow that looks terrible. Why does it seem like Gemini changes things for the worse? I have the first Gemini A380 release which was an Emirates. The landing gear are perfect!!! They are sturdy, all even, and removable. The gear in the A380 above look like a disaster.
I think it's just that particular model...I have Gemini A380 Emirates, Qatar, Air France, and British Airways and none of them look like this. But I'm sure there are exceptions just as their is with everything. There are bad apples in every bunch.
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I like to buy Gemini200's only. Now, I am liking the quality of JC Wings. If you go to my collection data base, you will notice that almost all on my models are GeminiJets.

I have to admit that in some of the new GeminiJets models that I've received (most of them American Airlines), I can surely notice that the QC job have decreased. Less passion. Still, I do believe in the brand, yet.

But it is a fact that I am inclining more to get JC Wings right now that I was before, because their quality have improved in a significant way. Too, their customer service and presence, or accessibility, has been a great factor.

Anyway, that Qatar looks horrendous. Poor Quality Control there.
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Sad to see this happenend. Though when I saw the title I thought GJ repositioned the maingear.

Not yet I guess.
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Gemini's front gear ( including the doors) lokks really weird...
I second that, it didn't look that bad with the first few A380 releases, but they or some reason keep changing things for the worse. Same with the 757, they had a stunning mould, and for unknown reasons changed it into something ugly :/
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Sad to see this happenend. Though when I saw the title I thought GJ repositioned the maingear.

Not yet I guess.
Haha yeah i thought so too. If they did reposition the main gears i would just go buy the improved version in a heartbeat.haha.

Anyways, i also kind of realized it. I bought myself the very first emirates a380. All the tyres atleast touched the ground when put on its wheels.
More than a year later i bought myself a BA A380 and the gears were not like the above but just uneven. Can you guys imagine it.one MLG is longer than the other.I went back to the shop a few days later to switch the gears up, but the replacement was more or less the same albeit the differece in gear height was slightly less.
In the end the model still was slightly uneven on its wheels.
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Here's my copy. Not the best but good enough
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I hope my Thai A380 is not coming like that.
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Should not pass QC control. Full stop. If you go to ARD every month and have the luxury of selecting every model after seeing it in person by you to take home we are all in trouble.
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The model quality Rui showed is unacceptable. I agree GeminiJets must take action to improve quality.
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Should not pass QC control. Full stop. If you go to ARD every month and have the luxury of selecting every model after seeing it in person by you to take home we are all in trouble.
Not sure what you mean here, sorry....the models I happen to photograph are in the cabinets, for respect of others I dont usually photograph any models put aside for customers unless allowed to do so.
This happened to be for me, so I had to check it.
Its an issue of quality check as said before, agreed.
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